Erykah Badu Speaks Healing

English: Photo of Erykah Badu at JazzReggae Fe...
Erykah Badu at JazzReggae Festival in Los Angeles, CA May 24, 2009.

Like I’ve said before, Erykah Badu tried to tell you!  She ain’t no joke.

On and on, and on and on
My cipher keep moving like a rolling stone…

She and her cipher still messing people up.  It’s all good though.  But right here in this clip, she’s on a mundane tip – trying to teach the Creator’s righteous chirren how to eat to live and not live to eat.  Common’s in the first 2.5 minutes of the video.  Let’s sneak in and take a listen.

Then we have Brother Mawuli of RawStar Raw Vegan Cafe  at 687 Washington Ave., Brooklyn USA.  This brother will melt your hardened, fat encrusted heart, and make you desire to pursue a raw vegan lifestyle.  He works his majick on you, even as he’s telling you he believes in to each his own, and that he doesn’t push his vegan lifestyle on people.

Life – the decision is yours to make.

35 Comments Add yours

  1. Reggie says:

    I could never be a vegan, I like the taste of meat just a tad bit too much for that. I do believe however, that getting healthy is a necessary and important something for all of us.

    1. Anna Renee says:

      I hear you brother Reggie, I hear you! I used to love me some beef, but it’s interesting the mental changes I have observed in myself as it pertains to food, since I been doing the raw vegan thing. I was recently just vibing on myself, as I reacted to the smell of fried chicken in my apartment complex. Somebody was doing righteous justice to the cooking of that chicken. I could smell the love all up in it. But I simply enjoyed the smell as though it was a flower or something. I had absolutely no cravings to eat it. The smell was nice, tho. Weird?

  2. Amenta says:

    Supa Nova is Queen Afua’s son. Just saying since I saw her link on your roll below.

    Peace

    1. Anna Renee says:

      Oh, so that explains the brother’s vibe! Wow!

  3. Lin says:

    Cello, My Sista,

    First of all, I’m down w/ livin’ a HEALTHIER lifestyle in whatever way that might manifest. For real. That’s a good thing, a smart thing for us all. The typical/historical Af-Am diet is NOT a healthy one. We all need to make mo betta, mo healthier choices IF we wanna live to see Black Senior-Citizenhood. Period!

    But after viewing the first vid… ummm… is it just me? *ponder this* Common sho do sound a tad, tidbit, a smidgeon p—-whipped while singing the praises of Baduism on his own lifestyle. No doubt she had/has that ILL NANA! So, that being the case, I tend to take the verbiage of the whipped w/ a grain of salt. Upon further investigation, he most prolly WAS WHIPPED, since this is not a recent clip. Check his gear. That dates back when he was dressing like a homeless African cat. I recall that period (circa 1999-2001) cause that’s around the time I caught him doing his thing at the Hammerstein Ballroom here in NY. My point is, his steelo has changed… as has Badu’s. Whatever happened to that PROUD African garb, like the style she debuted with… when she was channeling a mo modern Ladyday & she was dewy fresh on the scene… & where’s that damn incense??? Huh? Where it at, yo?

    I guess that’s the crux of my issue: people (especially celebs) do things, say things, wear things, embrace things, proclaim thangs, for a minute, it gets them attention & then it’s on (& on) to the NEXT thing. I’d be more inclined to listen w/out prejudice IF the parties involved maintained some kind of CONSISTENCY w/ their isht. Smell me?

    That being said, we could & we * should* be all eating healthier.

    One.

    1. Anna Renee says:

      Dayum! Take of the boxing gloves, my brother! You done left her third eye all bloody and stuff! And you done left Common with two black eyes! When they aint acting righteous, you call them out! But I smell you though. LOL
      I blame it on Hollyweird, a hard cold place, my brother Eastsiiide.

  4. Lin says:

    Nah, I can blame Hollyweird for a LOTTA stuff, Sista Westsiiide, but Badu is & has been laid up in Brooklyn ever since she blew up, so there’s something else involved. Brooklyn ain’t joke. Generally speaking, most folks there tend to KEEP it REEEEEEEEEEEEEL!!!

    Hey, trust… I’m not hatin’, I’m just statin’. Keepin it real is a rough job, especially for celebs. But Realness ain’t no temp gig! Either rock the realness, full-time, or be just another trendoid, doing whatever gets face time in the media.

    One.

    1. Anna Renee says:

      OK, she aint even up in Hollyweird. At Rippa’s house, I called her a virtuosa of provocation. That’s kinda my summation. Otherwise, I’ve been lowkey on that whole vidjo and whatnots. But let me ask you. What do you think the chile was saying? Or not saying?

      BTW, Imma steal that statement of yours and tweak it. “Realness, It Ain’t No Temporary Gig”! I dig that a whole lot. I hope you dont mind 😉

  5. Lin says:

    I actually think her message is an earnest one, & that she BELIEVES what she’s saying & proclaiming it to the world (at least at the time she’s saying it). I just don’t GET nor do I buy that she’s as self-actualized a person as she projects. Call it a vibe, call it based upon some of her personal & professional decisions. My take on her: She’s a bit of a rebel/hippie chick AND an Artist & wannabe visionary… & as such, this makes her appear to be flighty at times. Healing is needed in all of us, and perhaps she, like the rest of us, remains a work that’s very much in progress.

    One.

    1. Anna Renee says:

      Brother Eastsiiide!! I’m digging your assessments! Yes, all you said and more about our flower chile. But you know she sang about who she is a long time ago with “…& On”. For all the above reasons you state, I am in love with Erykah! I declare my love right here for the chile! She’s so backwards and forwards! Pisces, Two fish one swimming upstream, one swimming down living in a dream! She’s the envy of the women and she rule the men! Yes, Erykah girl, go on an’ give birth to church!

  6. Amenta says:

    In all the raw, vegan, vegetarian, low to no meat eating we do, how often do any of you, participating in this life style detox?

    1. Anna Renee says:

      You know, the lifestyle is a detoxifying one. J

      ust being a newbie IS my detox. But I’ve been drinking basil, sage, dandelion, red clover, red raspberry, black cohosh, peppermint and ginger teas – alone in varying combinations. Oh, and sorrel tea. I also drink fruit waters. My Vitamix came last Friday and I’m oh so happy! Black berry, strawberry, banana, plum waters. I put a hand full of the fruit in about 6 cups of water. Got that idea from a white sister named Blendit and Mendit on Youtube. She’s gorgeous with baby’s butt facial skin, and she’s 6 years older than I am!! You know how I feel about that kind of stuff! I’m impressed!

      Canteloupe and watermelon is fabulous for cleaning out my system.

        1. Anna Renee says:

          Thanks for this one! I missed this particular episode of her class. I’m going to start doing specific detox program. I need to figure out just what I’ll do.

          1. Amenta says:

            I think she has a detox program online somewhere.

  7. blackmystory says:

    Greetings my sistah

    It is ironic, but not coincidental that you posted this as I am embarking on a journey from vegetarianism to raw foodist and seeing the results already. I am also detoxing with herbs to eliminate decades of wrong diet, even as a vegetarian, because the consumption of heated substance is poisonous to the blood and in turn to the over all temple. I could go in to detail, but I would prefer to blog about all that another time. A couple of the posters mentioned the love of flesh, and even you allude to the smells that affect you.

    This is why Dr. O’Afrika stated that eating is an emotional experience, especially in the west. But more than that is the effects that the cross breeding, hormone and chemical laced additives in the edibles (can’t call them food) has on the adrenal glands. However, if you think raw food is extreme and you think the things that Dick Gregory was/is doing…check out this brother Jericho Sunfire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3WHNi89ZCw&feature=related) and the path he has chosen. His story would be of interest to you from a information level. I highly doubt that you would want to go past that. In actuality one of the reasons why I am transitioning to raw food is to see if I could follow his path. An aside, being a single man, I doubt this choice would make me more interesting to women…Lol!

    so I see a future of nuff meditation by myself. Remember though the mind can make the body do anything it wants. Never do something you have not investigated thoroughly.

    Peace

    1. Anna Renee says:

      I knew it! He’s embarking on the Breatharian path! Everyone I’ve heard speak about it is saying that it’s a high goal, but alas, the earth is too polluted for this level. I need to listen to Dick Gregory’s teachings. I’ve listened to a few Aris Latham’s and I loved them. I want to hear some sisters though. I love my Nubia I, the Raw Food Goddess, who I got in my sidebar.

      Brother don’t worry about the women. The right woman will come to you, if you desire her. Dont be scared! 🙂 Look at Sister Nubia! They out there brother, we are OUT HERE! lol If there’s one thing a REAL sister loves, it’s a man of conviction and integrity, with love and openness in his heart. A man whose not afraid of the sacred feminine in his psyche. Today, many brothers are especially terrified of that aspect of himself. But without it, a man wars, but doesn’t nurture. He is imbalanced.

      Brother, I’ve also noticed that when I cook something, most times, I look at it and I end up not eating it. My mind rejects it. But I’m not afraid or anything. I just let it sit for a minute, then throw it out. Or if I want it, I’ll go ahead and eat it. I let my spirit decide. Just a couple days ago, I actually DID eat a piece of fish. I did it because my mind wanted some protein, and I haven’t done enough research to do food combining yet. So I ate it with no guilt. I got some brown rice I cooked, waiting to be eaten.

      But I dont crave the meat. I DO crave my salads tho. Okra, corn, cabbage, spinach, carrot, asparagus, cauliflower, eggplant, zucchini, green and red bell peppers. Avocado is my salad dressing, with my cilantro and sea salt, and black pepper seasoning. Then for my sugar snacks I eat dates, raisins. I also eat peanuts, almonds, pecans and sunflower seeds.

      But I feel that it’s time to do a vegetable switchup, so I need to get different one in the mix. I feel that I do. I need more bitter greens and red veggies. I feel that I do. So some kale, collards, chard, beets, etc.
      This journey is so beautiful, I cant explain it.

      Im going to listen to Brother Sunfire’s videos and check out what his journey has been. He’s sounds right up there in the cosmos. (In a good way)

    2. I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Dick Gregory about 3 years ago and at age 75, or thereabouts he and his wife are a healthy vibrant couple who do not take any medications. Mr. Gregory is in great shape and he’s still a great comedian!! Had me laughing lots!

  8. blackmystory says:

    “Today, many brothers are especially terrified of that aspect of himself. But without it, a man wars, but doesn’t nurture. He is imbalanced.”

    Deep words my sistah. It is the duality of the feminine/masculine principles that is lost on this patriarchal society and why spirituality is viewed as either odd ball, or retrogressive.

    Check out the brother, he is getting a lot of beatings from those fearful of his message. And in the meantime may YOUR journey be continually blessed by the ancestors, because your greatness–YES! GREATNESS–is being witnessed by us.

    1. Anna Renee says:

      Wow! Thank you, and I’m humbled! 😀 If you knew me way back when, I was a mouse in the corner. My attitude was “I’m sorry I’m taking up space”. I was so down on my right to even BE. So thanks brother.

      I did watch another clip of Brother Sunfire, where he talks about his journey from cooked to fruitarian, to liquidarian, to Breatharian. He did it with no imput or help. He relied solely on his intuition! He spoke of his huge ego battle, being such a manly man – a rugby player or soccer?

      And just his testimony of his aggressive approach to becoming a fruitarian. He approached it like he was battling on a football field! He got his butt handed to him by fruits! He learned though. Amazing battle!

  9. blackmystory says:

    No fuss Anna, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. I am sure you have encountered numerous shinning stars that have burnt out because they couldn’t or wouldn’t adjust to life’s challenges and hard knocks. You may have been a mouse, but by the picture on top I am guessing that you are the one everybody is paying attention to? Lol! Symbolic I think.

    The interesting thing about Genesis Sunfire is that he hosts boot camps at his home in England, so people are seeing him up front as he practices what he preaches.

    1. Anna Renee says:

      “….You may have been a mouse, but by the picture on top I am guessing that you are the one everybody is paying attention to? Lol! Symbolic I think.”

      Oh, SNAP!!! I didn’t peep that! Maybe that’s why I like this picture so much! The subconscious is something POWERFUL! 😀

  10. I’ve been doing the vegetarian thing with a few slips into beef stew but more or less I rarely eat red meat. My conversation to vegetarianism has come mostly from having food poisoning back in January. My system is still not totally correct so I’m taking natural enzymes to digest my food. I could never go on a vegan/raw food diet because uncooked vegetables give me terrible gas. The pain is just awful! Anyway because my job involves standing on my feet all day I need the protein from chicken and fish. I did try to go vegan in the past but got very weak from the lack of protein. If possible I’m going to try more gluten free products since I have so many digestive ailments. I’m always looking to improve my digestion. I also avoid all dairy products since I have not been able to digest milk or ice cream since my late 30s early 40s.

    1. Anna Renee says:

      Alot of folks get the wake up call from some tragic situation. That’s perfectly fine. That gas is the raw food sweeping out the system. Its kinda a first line of defense, so to speak.
      Its hard to go from eating cooked, directly into full vegan. It’s better to ease into it – maybe eating less meat, adding more steamed veggies, Then taking away some dairy and adding fresh herbs and greens.
      Then you wouldnt shock your system. Have you tried nut milks? Almond milk tastes pretty good.

  11. Oh yes I used to drink Wheatgrass juice every day when I was in my late 30s & most of my 40s. I do believe in order to combat and completely heal my digestive issues I’m going to resume the Wheat-grass regime. The bad thing in New York I have to go to the white neighborhood in order to get healthy foods & Wheat grass. Yes Brooklyn is part of New York but I live in Queens and do not drive. Easier to get to Manhattan.

    1. Anna Renee says:

      You should go on and do it, if it will help with healing your digestive system. It’s sad that the black community doesnt have more healthy food stores, but when black folks get to the point of deciding they want those types of foods, then they’ll have them.

      1. Yes I am. Progress is being made in the tummy trouble area. I’m beginning to feel better. Less and less indigestion. These videos you posted so inspired me that I went on my own little local:
        “Quest for Wellness” Hope Rae Dawn Chong will pardon the pun. Today is my normal day off and as usual I enjoy taking a little walk before I start my day. Motivated by the young gentleman in Video #2 I said perhaps there is a Health Food store selling wheat grass juice along a short stretch of Merrick Blvd. Those of you who hail from Southeast Queens aka Jamaica know the neighborhood. I only walked a short distance along Merrick Blvd and within about 7 or 8 blocks I past the following:
        Dunkin Donuts, several dirty fried chicken restaurants, BBQ Pitt, a diner, a Subway restaurant, Bagel Factory, Jerk Hut, many liquor stores and numerous ads for “Mickey D’s”. Finally tiring of the heat and with no desire to walk into Nassau County I hopped on the bus in the opposite direction bound for downtown Jamaica. Hoping to secure secure the wheat-grass prize I went to the Jamaica Farmers Market. Yes they do have a Juice store within but they mostly sell shakes that include milk which I cannot drink or carrot juice with an addition of another type of juice. I decided upon Carrot Juice mixed with Apple Juice. It was good. For lunch I did have some Chicken Teriyaki. A Girl has to keep her strength up!

        1. Anna Renee says:

          You got a lot to go through, but keep your eyes on the prize!

          I wonder… Why they always spell BBQ Pitt with two T’s? Whatzup with that? lol

          1. Hmmm. Who knows? BBQ Pitt — Brad Pitt. Naw there’s no connection. Brad Pitt is probably a much healthier person! Ha. Ha. Just kidding! LOL!!

  12. blackmystory says:

    @dancingpalmtrees and Anna
    http://www.supremefulvic.com/…remember to ease into the new experience

  13. Reblogged this on Espiritu en Fuego/A Fiery Spirit and commented:
    Health is Wealth!! Progress is being made in the tummy trouble area. As some many know I suffered from food poisoning back in January. I’ve battled stomach ailments since my recover in April, but I’m winning! I’m beginning to feel better. Less and less indigestion. These videos you posted so inspired me that I went on my own little local:
    “Quest for Wellness” Hope Rae Dawn Chong will pardon the pun. Today is my normal day off and as usual I enjoy taking a little walk before I start my day. Motivated by the young gentleman in Video #2 I said perhaps there is a Health Food store selling wheat grass juice along a short stretch of Merrick Blvd. Those of you who hail from Southeast Queens aka Jamaica know the neighborhood. I only walked a short distance along Merrick Blvd and within about 7 or 8 blocks I past the following:
    Dunkin Donuts, several dirty fried chicken restaurants, BBQ Pitt, a diner, a Subway restaurant, Bagel Factory, Jerk Hut, many liquor stores and numerous ads for “Mickey D’s”. Finally tiring of the heat and with no desire to walk into Nassau County I hopped on the bus in the opposite direction bound for downtown Jamaica. Hoping to secure secure the wheat-grass prize I went to the Jamaica Farmers Market. Yes they do have a Juice store within but they mostly sell shakes that include milk which I cannot drink or carrot juice with an addition of another type of juice. I decided upon Carrot Juice mixed with Apple Juice. It was good. For lunch I did have some Chicken Teriyaki. A Girl has to keep her strength up!

  14. Quest for Wheatgrass juice successful. Mission accomplished at Vital Health Foods, 196-14 Linden Boulevard, St. Albans, NY 11412, Phone: 718-525-0992. Open Monday – Thursday from 9:30am to 7:00pm, Friday – Saturday 9:00am to 7:00pm. If you live in Southeast Queens Please patronize this wonderful health food store. Let’s support Black owned businesses that are creating a healthy environment for our people. Boycott the fast food restaurants and buy good healthy food from Vital Health Foods! Yes it may be a little pricey, a might expensive but the cost of poor health and sickness is even more expensive and debilitating. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

    Given that African Americans in particular spend lots of money on our hair and nails we must make an equal investment in our inner physical persons. We can shut down McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, KFC, Popeye’s and other greasy fried food joints by not going there. Refuse to buy from those artery clogging places.

    Yes like any other woman I get my hair and nails done but once my digestive and other health problems got in the way of going out with friends and enjoying life I had to take action. That carrot juice/apple juice combination did wonders! I was able to attend a concert yesterday evening and enjoy a great meal at an Italian restaurant in Manhattan with my buddies. No stomach pains! Was able to enjoy the music and the meal knowing my stomach was a peace. I know that returning to my Wheatgrass regime will also yield many good health benefits. I’m a Happy Camper!

    1. Anna Renee says:

      Preach Preacha! You’re on the way to control of your health and you will see! If one or two servings of fresh natural juice can do that much for your stomach, imagine what a lifetime of fresh natural foods can do! I need to do the Wheatgrass too! Haven’t tried it yet.

      1. Now it does have a unique taste however the gentleman at Vital asked me if I wanted ginger and garlic added to my 2 ounces (the little plastic cup is about the same size as the ones on Pepto Bismal & we know that taste’s gross), I said Yes. It definitely had a punch & a kick taste wise you just gulp it down in one shot and keep strutting. I’ve also found eating Activia yogurts to be helpful but the juice is the best solution yet. Making small gradual changes helps to ease the transition. All is well.

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